ASTON VILLA could accept HALF of the £12million they paid for Ross McCormack only a year ago.
And that could be enough to tempt Sunderland, determined for a quickfire return to the top flight, into making a move for the Scotland international.
Former Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo splashed the cash a year ago to take the former Rangers and Motherwell striker from Fulham.
However, the Italian was sacked after only 12 games before Steve Bruce took over.
Now the ex-Hull City gaffer is poised to offload the flop frontman who scored only three goals last term following his four-year, £50,000-per-week deal.
McCormack, 30, angered Bruce with his attitude, including missing training with the reason being his electric gates had broken.
A loan to Championship rivals Nottingham Forest failed to spark the 30-year-old who scored one goal from seven appearances.
However, new Stadium of Light manager Simon Grayson, who signed ex-Celt Aiden McGeady from Everton last week, could be willing to take a gamble on the cut-price attacker.